Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology

Ratings: (0)|Views: 151 |Likes:
Published by Maor Lain

More info:

Categories:Types, Research, History
Published by: Maor Lain on Nov 10, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





Norse Mythology
Norse Mythology
(also Germanic, Nordic or Scandinavian Mythology) is the mythology of Scandinavian peoples. Like many ancient mythologies, the Norse myths were handed downverbally for many years. Most of our understanding of Norse myths comes from later recordingsof the stories into written word.The Norse people considered two major classes of gods: the Æsir and the Vanir, as well asseveral other mythical beings, including giants. Norse Mythology centers largely around theapproaching catastrophic doom of the gods, Ragnarok. All the Norse gods know that Ragnarok iscoming. They know what will happen, that they (and their enemies) will die. Norse Mythology issomewhat unique in this respect — the gods’ ultimate destiny on the battlefield is a tribute to thewarrior’s pride of the Vikings.
 Æsir | Norse Mythology
(also aesir, means 'gods')The Æsir are one of the two groups of deities in Norse mythology - the Æsir and the Vanir. The Æsir are associated with war, power and death, while the Vanir are of growth and fertility.
Angrboda | Norse Mythology
(also Angerboda)Angrboda was a frost giantess and a mistress of  Loki who gave birth to three monsters -Fenrir ,  Jourmungandand Hel.
Bestla | Norse Mythology
Bestla was a giantess, the wife of Bor and the mother of  Odin, Vili and .
Bor | Norse Mythology
(also Bur)Bor was a giant, the son of Buri. No mother of Bor was ever mentioned, and it is not clear howhe was actually concieved. Bor had a wife, Bestla, with whom he had three sons:Vili,Veand Odin.The name
means 'son'.
Buri | Norse Mythology
Buri was an ancestor of the gods, released from an early ice by the primeval cow, Audhumla.Buri had a son namedBor who fatheredOdin.
Einherjar | Norse Mythology
In Norse mythology, the einherjar are the souls heroic dead inValhalla. The Vikings and Norse peoples believed that when warrirors died honorably in battle, they would be taken up toValhalla by valkyries. At Valhalla, in the Æsir’s home of Asgard, they await Ragnarok  where they will fight alongside Odin and the other Æsir.Essentially, the einherjar are a select group of brave individuals chosen by Odin to assist him inthe coming battle.The name einherjar is Old Norse for “lone fighters”.
Fenrir | Norse Mythology
(also Fenris, Fenriswolf)The son of the fire godLoki and the frost giantess Angrboda, Fenrir is the devouring wolf and the beast of Ragnarok , the doom of the gods.The gods kidnapped Fenrir and brought him to Asgard where they could watch him carefully. Hewas so savage that only the war godTyr  dared to feed him. At Ragnarok, Fenrir was freed from captivity and swallowedOdin.Learn more in John Lindow's Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, andBeliefs.
Fjorgyn | Norse Mythology
(also Fjörgvin, Jörd)Fjorgyn was the mother of Thor , as well as the earth goddess.
Freyja | Norse Mythology
(also Freya or Frea)
Freyja is the daughter of the sea god Njord.She is a fertility goddess. Her greatest treasure was the Bisings' necklace which she obtained by sleeping with the four dwarves who made it. Shegained many admirers through her breathtaking beauty.LikeOdin, Freyja has interest in the heroic dead, dividing the slain up at the end of a battle,determining who was worthy. Freyja is the goddess of both lust and love, she has a lost husbandknown as Odur or Od. Little is known about this husband though some stories suggest that it wasOdin.Learn more about Freyja in John Lindow's Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes,Rituals, and Beliefs.
Jormungand | Norse Mythology
(also known as Jörmungandr or Midgard Serpent)The son of the fire god Loki and the frost giantess Angrboda, Jormungand is a large serpent.Odinthrew Jormungand into the ocean and it grew so long it enciircled the earth, becomingknown as the Midgard Serpent.AtRagnarok , Jormungand was slain byThor , but first bit the god. His venom eventually killed Thor.
This 18th Century Icelandic manuscript shows Thor and Hymir fishing for Jormungand, the MidgardSerpent. The translated text reads:

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->